Could this be a new WJFL schedule for CAL football teams?

By TOM WILLIAMS

The West Jersey Football League is in the process of creating a new schedule that meets the requirements of the NJSIAA, possibly including some realignment that will reduce travel.

Here is one suggestion for the 18 Cape-Atlantic League schools who play in the WJFL. Of course, all sports schedules depend on how schools will open in New Jersey. Without significant in-building classes there will likely be no sports.

With the hope that those of us in the Garden State will wear masks and follow all other advice and directives based on science and common sense, here you go –

Division A: Bridgeton, Hammonton, Millville, St. Augustine, St. Joseph, Vineland.

Division B: Absegami, Atlantic City, Egg Harbor Township, Holy Spirit, Mainland, Ocean City.

Division  C: Buena, Cedar Creek, Lower Cape May, Middle Township, Oakcrest, Pleasantville.

There are six teams in each division, so they play five division games. That allows for one crossover game. Lets take a shot at the crossovers, too.

Bridgeton-Buena, Absegami-Cedar Creek, Millville-Atlantic City, St. Joseph-Holy Spirit, St. Augustine-Ocean City, Mainland-Vineland and Egg Harbor Township-Oakcrest. That leaves Lower Cape May and Middle Township and they could both play Wildwood.

In addition, an additional game can be played on  Thanksgiving Day. So, Ocean City-Pleasantville and Absegami-Oakcrest can also be added.

The Atlantic City-Holy Spirit, Lower-Middle, Mainland-EHT and Vineland-Millville games – traditionally played on Thanksgiving – would be division games. But if they are played on Thanksgiving it would open up another date on their schedules.

The NJSIAA approved schedule also allows for two playoff games in November and the teams who don’t get two playoff games may schedule consolation games.

By the way, since four teams will qualify for the NJSIAA playoffs in each group with the winners from the first weekend playing for the championship, to make it easier, why not have the losers play in consolation games.

The WJFL, which is always looking out for fair competition and is now also focused on safety, could align the rest of its teams into similar geographically-based divisions to get everybody through this virus. This year Power Points should be forgotten.

Just an idea.

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